NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The firefighters union is accusing FDNY Commissioner Sal Cassano of deliberately underreporting the time it takes for fire trucks to arrive at an emergency.
Uniformed Firefighters Association President Steve Cassidy said response times to emergencies are a full minute more than what the Fire Department claims.READ MORE: 12-Year-Old Brooklyn Boy Dies After Complaining Of Head Pain, NYPD Investigating
“A minute can be the difference between life and death,” Cassidy said. “The city has an obligation to report what the real response time is.”
Cassidy said the response times are being manipulated so the city can close 20 fire houses.